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Bangladesh advances in Global Hunger Index

  • The country ranks 81st among 125 countries
  • Outperforms India and Pakistan 
Update : 15 Oct 2023, 04:52 PM

Bangladesh has made progress in the fight against hunger as it has ranked 81st among 125 countries in the 2023 Global Hunger Index.

The index was jointly published by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe on Thursday. 

In the 2023 index, Bangladesh scored 19 points, slightly better than last year's 19.1 points. 

Based on the score, Bangladesh is in a better position compared to Afghanistan (30.6), India (28.7), and Pakistan (26.6)  in South Asia.

In this index, the best possible score is zero and the worst is 100 points. 

A higher score indicates a higher rate of hunger, while a lower score indicates improvement or a lower rate of hunger. 

Scores above 50 are considered extremely alarming, 35-49.9 alarming, 20-34.9 serious, 10-19.9 moderate, and below 9.99 is considered low hunger or a good situation.

According to the report, Bangladesh's progress in the hunger index has been achieved through reducing the birth rate of malnourished and stunted children. 

Bangladesh is among the seven countries that have managed to reduce their index score by 5 points or more since 2015.

The top ten countries with the least hunger in this year's index are Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, China, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kuwait, and Latvia.

The bottom nine countries where hunger is at an alarming level are South Sudan, Burundi, Somalia, Central African Republic, Madagascar, Yemen, DR Congo, Lesotho, and Niger.

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